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31 December 2013 Military News

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Other Conflicts

  • Syria: UN humanitarian chief decries 'indiscriminate attacks' in Aleppo UN News Centre 31 Dec 2013 -- The top United Nations humanitarian official today expressed concern about the deteriorating situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo, where hundreds of people have been killed or injured by indiscriminate attacks in recent weeks.
  • Syria army continues operations across country Iran Press TV 31 Dec 2013 -- The Syrian army is pushing ahead with its mop-up operations against foreign-sponsored militants operating across the country.
  • Ships Turn Back as Syria Chemical Removal Deadline Passes VOA 31 Dec 2013 -- Norwegian and Danish naval teams, on their way to remove chemical weapons from Syria, have turned back and are heading for Cyprus as an end-of-year deadline to remove most of the toxins from the war-torn country passed unmet.
  • Iraq PM orders army to leave Anbar after deadly clashes Iran Press TV 31 Dec 2013 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has ordered the army to leave the province of Anbar after clashes between security forces and gunmen claimed lives on both sides.
  • South Sudan Government, Rebels to Talk, Fighting Continues VOA 31 Dec 2013 -- Representatives of South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, and rebel leader Riek Machar, are launching peace talks in Ethiopia in a bid to end spiraling civil unrest that has claimed more than 1,000 lives. The peace talks mark the first meeting between the two sides since the conflict erupted in mid-December.
  • Briefing: The humanitarian cost of South Sudan's continuing violence IRIN 31 Dec 2013 -- As the conflict in South Sudan continues, aid agencies are struggling to provide assistance to the thousands of people caught up in the violence. As of 29 December, an estimated 180,000 people had been driven from their homes by the fighting, 75,000 of whom are seeking shelter in UN compounds.
  • No face-to-face talks with S Sudan president: Machar Iran Press TV 31 Dec 2013 -- South Sudanese rebel leader, Riek Machar, says he is not ready for face-to-face peace talks with President Salva Kiir in negotiations set to be held in Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
  • Rebels attack South Sudan town Iran Press TV 31 Dec 2013 -- Rebels supporting former South Sudanese Vice President Riek Machar have launched new battles with government troops to take the control of the key town of Bor, South Sudan's army says.
  • Evidence mounts of extra-judicial killings, rights abuses in South Sudan, UN reports UN News Centre 31 Dec 2013 -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today voiced grave concern over mounting evidence of gross human rights abuses in the strife-torn country, including extra-judicial killings of civilians and captured soldiers, massive displacements and arbitrary detentions, often on ethnic grounds.
  • S. Sudan Negotiators Arrive in Ethiopia VOA 31 Dec 2013 -- Representatives for South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have arrived in Ethiopia for talks on ending deadly civil unrest, but violence continues in a key city in South Sudan.
  • UN envoy condemns attacks on key sites in DR Congo capital UN News Centre 31 Dec 2013 -- The top United Nations envoy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has deplored the attacks carried out on Monday on the headquarters of the Congolese Armed Forces and of the National Radio and Television Company, as well as the international airport in the capital, Kinshasa.
  • DRC Government Says 103 Died in Monday's Attacks VOA 31 Dec 2013 -- The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo says 103 people were killed Monday when its forces repelled attacks in Kinshasa and at least two other towns. Eight soldiers were among those killed in the fighting, which appears to have been led by followers of evangelical Christian pastor Joseph Mukungubila, a self-proclaimed prophet who is an outspoken opponent to the government.
  • Israel Frees More Palestinian Prisoners VOA 31 Dec 2013 -- Israel has freed 26 more Palestinian prisoners who were jailed for deadly attacks on Israeli civilians, in the latest release under an agreement to revive peace talks between the two sides.
  • Famine and malnutrition stalk strife-torn Central African Republic, UN agencies warn UN News Centre 31 Dec 2013 -- United Nations agencies today warned of possible famine and severe malnutrition in the Central African Republic (CAR), calling on donors to provide urgent funding to mitigate the crisis in the impoverished country where a year of conflict has already killed thousands of people and driven 750,000 others from their homes.
  • Analysis: Confidence-building key to Kachin ceasefire IRIN 31 Dec 2013 -- Confidence-building is key to a genuine ceasefire in Myanmar's northern Kachin State, where more than 100,000 people are still displaced, experts and analysts say.
  • As tribunal closes, UN chief hails achievements in ensuring accountability in Sierra Leone UN News Centre 31 Dec 2013 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the staff of the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), which closes today, on their important achievements over the past 11 years in ensuring accountability for crimes committed during the country's decade-long civil war.

News Reports

  • Russian President Vows To Annihilate Terrorists RFE/RL 31 Dec 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed to eliminate terrorists in Russia in the wake of this week's back-to-back bombings that killed 34 people in Volgograd.
  • First Funerals Held For Volgograd Bombing Victims RFE/RL 31 Dec 2013 -- The first funerals have been held for victims of two suicide bombings that ripped through the southern Russian city of Volgograd less than 24 hours apart.
  • Death Toll Rises in Russia Blasts VOA 31 Dec 2013 -- Russian officials say three more people have died as a result of the two suicide bombings in the southern city of Volgograd Sunday and Monday, bringing the death toll to 34 with dozens more injured.
  • 'Iran, world superpower in cyberspace, soft war' Iran Press TV 31 Dec 2013 -- A high-ranking Iranian military commander has described the Islamic Republic as a top and influential world power in cyberspace and soft wars.
  • Pakistan's Musharraf Set for Treason Trial VOA 31 Dec 2013 -- A day before his trial for treason, Pakistan's former military president Pervez Musharraf said the charge is unfounded and the result of a political vendetta.
  • South Korean Lawmakers Condemn Japan War Shrine Visit VOA 31 Dec 2013 -- South Korean lawmakers have condemned Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe's visit to a controversial shrine honoring World War II dead, including war criminals. The denunciation is the latest sign of the diplomatic falling out that has seen Japan's relations with South Korea and China reach a new low.
  • Klitschko Says Peaceful Protests Will Continue RFE/RL 31 Dec 2013 -- The leader of Ukraine's opposition UDAR party, Vitali Klitschko, says opposition parties and their supporters will continue their peaceful demonstrations across Ukraine after the winter holidays.
  • Turkey fending off mini coup attempt: Deputy PM Iran Press TV 31 Dec 2013 -- Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan says Ankara is fending off a 'mini coup attempt' by renegades in the police and judiciary.

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